Kindergartners and preschoolers of Our Lady of Consolation School in Rockford learned about Christian charity this Advent season. After reading a recent article printed in the Advance newspaper stating the need for children’s coats, Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Milan decided to take action. The children learned about giving from the heart and helping others who are less fortunate. The children collected a total of 50 coats, 12 pairs of snow pants and 15 sweaters, along with boots, scarves, hats and mittens. The coats were delivered Tuesday, Dec. 15, to the Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids. The staff was very appreciative of the large donation. The center services over 3,000 women per year. In order to shop at the center, the women need to earn Alpha bucks by learning parenting and life skills. The center is currently in the process of relocating to better service the community.
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